When you step into the shower certain body parts such as your armpits and groin are likely to attract attention. You may well forget to simply wash your feet through organic design, though their stench potential can be as high as the areas mentioned above. But your feet are at the bottom of your body, and they get technically wet and maybe even soapy when you take a bath or a shower … so that's not enough? No, according to foot health experts. Here is the reason.
You should wash your feet to reduce their odor and exfoliate.
Let's start with hygiene 101. Regularly wipe the skin on your feet – top, sides and bottom – Using soap and water is a simple way to prevent them from smelling so much that you can practically see the radio blowing from your toes.
"Your feet are covered with bacteria just like your rest skin," explains the infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja, a senior fellow at the John's Hopkins Center for Health Security, told SELF , The said bacteria happen just so that foot odor and body odor generally arise. "Bacteria [like] feed on waste products that leak out of your sweat glands, and they smell when they build up," says Robert K. Lee, DPM, chief of pediatric foot and ankle surgery at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, tells SELF.
In other words, there is also the fact that vigorous washing of the feet helps to separate dead skin cells. "The actual process of scrubbing or brushing (not just when rinsing with water) helps to exfoliate your feet," Dr. Lee. If you skip this step, you may become more susceptible to calluses, the hardened areas of the skin that accumulate due to repeated friction, such as walking in shoes all day long. This is not a bad thing, as calluses usually do not cause tenderness or other real health problems, explains the Mayo Clinic . But washing the feet can prevent these stiff skin heaps from equally accumulating and helping to get rid of them after they have done so.
You should also wash your feet to avoid infection.
When you think of infections, body parts may come to mind, ranging from your ears to your vagina . Do not forget that your feet can also be prone to infections. This is especially true if pathogens are allowed to fester on your foot skin and even more is a possibility if you walk barefoot in gym changing rooms or public swimming pools – or if you live with other people Use your shower.
Here are a few common infections that can wreak havoc on your feet:
- A Staph infection : This happens due to Staphylococcus  bacteria on the Skin naturally occur, according to the Mayo Clinic . However, when this bacterium enters your skin through a portal like a cut (even a tiny one you do not notice), it can lead to an infection that is mild to much more severe. According to the Mayo Clinic even a minor staph infection can lead to boils (unpleasant pus pockets that appear on hair follicles or oil glands) or painful rashes that may manifest as whining blisters or red, painful swelling. Not good! Nor is it the fact that you need to see your doctor for antibiotics to treat a staph infection .
If you do not wash your feet, we definitely do not say that you are putting yourself down as a result of a Staph infection. It is quite possible that you have made it so far in life without ever washing your feet and that you have got along well. But there is still a possibility that should be kept in mind.
- Athlete's foot : Athlete's foot (or tinea pedis) is a common fungal infection that people like to catch when they walk barefoot in damp, public places American Academy of Dermatology . Because damp, humid environments let the mushroom thrive.
Athlete's foot can cause unpleasant symptoms such as itching, a scaly rash, flaky skin and cracking on the soles and between the toes and toes Mayo Clinic says. It can even spread to your hands, nails and groin through your hands or a towel.
Fortunately, antimycotics can help one foot on an athlete's foot, says the Mayo Clinic . But you can do yourself a good deal by wearing flip-flops when walking around in wet, public places, washing your feet well while showering, and then drying your feet thoroughly. Joshua Zeichner New York City-based Board Certified Dermatologist and Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in Dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center, reports SELF.
If your feet tend to be more sweaty than the average person, as if you had excessive sweating hyperhidrosis you have a higher risk than usual to develop the athlete's foot. If this describes you, Dr. Draftsman to wash your feet immediately after workouts or otherwise become particularly sweaty to be sure.
- Plantar warts : These growths occur when the human papillomavirus ] (HPV) invades your body through a skin opening at the base of your foot, says the Mayo Clinic . Like the culprit behind the athlete's foot, this virus thrives in warm, humid areas.
Plantar warts are weird small spots of brown spots that usually grow on pressure-bearing parts of the foot like the heel. These growths are sometimes covered with black spots, which suggests clotted blood vessels. And instead of standing out, they actually grow inside according to the Mayo Clinic . As you can imagine, this can lead to a ton of tenderness when you walk or stand. It may feel like you have pebbles in your shoes, even if you do not, explains the AAD . Surely this would be the tenth circle of hell?
From a technical point of view, you can still lose plantar warts (and those other foot problems) with good foot hygiene, but regular foot washing reduces the likelihood of pathogens getting stuck on the foot where they can potentially cause problems, Dr. Lee. "The more regularly you wash your feet, the less likely it is that viruses, fungi and bacteria affect your skin," he explains.
There is no hard and fast rule on how often you should wash your feet. Indeed.
It really depends on your lifestyle and habits. If you shower once a day or every few days and have never had foot problems, but still want to be careful, you should continue your usual scrubbing of the feet. But if you are so well versed that your feet are constantly soaked in sweat or tend to have very sweaty feet, it may not be a bad idea to wet your feet with even more cleansing attention.